Chamberlain Award

Chamberlain Award is a fully sponsored artist residency and $10,000 prize to support an artist working in the social practice discipline This award supports artists employing non-traditional media to creatively engage with social concerns of the day.

Application Fee

  • Early Bird (April 3–May 8): $15
  • Regular (May 9–June 5): $25

Program Goals

  • To invest in individuals at the cutting edge of the social practice field, whose artwork creates dialogue and social change.
  • To support artists to explore and experiment in order to take their work to the next level.
  • To build a nurturing and dynamic community of local, national, and international artists and thinkers.
  • To encourage artists to develop ideas and work within the context of the Marin Headlands, a part of Golden Gate National Recreation Area.
  • To bring national and international artists to the Bay Area to engage and have cross-cultural exchange with local artists and audiences.

Program Details

  • Fully sponsored 6- to 10-week residency
  • Paid roundtrip airfare
  • 100- to 2000-sq.-foot studio
  • Private bedroom in shared house
  • A maximum two week stay for families in the Family House (by request only and subject to availability)
  • Five chef-prepared meals per week
  • Access to vehicles on-site
  • Facilities access: Basic woodshop; audio/video equipment; artists’ library with computers, scanner, and printer
  • Wi-Fi in designated spaces
  • Up to 15 Artists in Residence living on-site
  • Up to 8 other local Headlands artists working in studios on-site
  • Participation in monthly “Show & Tell” nights
  • Participation in seasonal Open House
  • Access to Headlands Public Events
  • Field trips to Bay Area museums, galleries, and cultural venues
  • Become part of Headlands Alumni Network


  • Artists not currently enrolled in an academic program at the time requested residency would take place.
  • Eligibility of artists enrolled in PhD programs will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
  • Alumni of Headlands’ Artists Programs are eligible to apply for the Chamberlain Award, with the exception of previous recipients of Alumni New Works, Chamberlain, Chiaro, or Tournesol Awards.
  • Must be able to speak basic English.

Selection Criteria

  • Merit of past work that exemplifies and contributes to conversations about socially engaged, non-traditional,
    and interactive media to include:
  • Non-studio based art
  • Art that takes place in public spaces
  • Art that engages viewers in interactive and participatory modes
  • Art that recognizes social and ethnic diversity
  • Art that reflects on human lives
  • Readiness to engage with and benefit from the residency experience at Headlands (see program goals).
  • Potential to develop creative practice and impact the community at Headlands and beyond.

Selection Process

Headlands staff reviews applications to ensure completion and eligibility.

Submissions are reviewed by a jury of knowledgeable and esteemed artists and arts professionals.

The jury evaluates each artist’s materials and selects finalists.

Finalists are invited to present their work in a 20-minute Zoom interview to determine the final award selection.

Application Materials
A full application includes the following:

  • Resume or curriculum vitae
  • Letter of interest, outlining your specific interest in working at Headlands and how program participation will
    affect your practice
  • List of three references and email addresses; please note, we do not want letters of reference
  • Documentation of recent work (see specifications below for guidelines according to discipline)

**Artist collaboratives should apply together by submitting ONE application per group, specifying the number of
individuals on the application form. For live-in Artists in Residence, Headlands can accommodate no more than
three total artists in a collaborative group.

Applicants may submit up to 12 work samples, which can be a combination of media including images, video, audio,
or other media files appropriate to convey your practice.
If including audio or video samples, please adhere to the following limits:

Audio Samples: You may submit up to 30 minutes of audio.

Video Samples: You may submit up to 30 minutes of video. Because of Slideroom’s limited capacity, video
links can be listed on a PDF and uploaded in the media section—please remember to include any necessary
Note: You have 12 media uploads (which can include one type, or a combination of jpegs, video, and audio samples).
The other 3 available uploads are for submitting your Statement of Interest, curriculum vitae, and optional image index (PDF)

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  • Start Date
    May 1, 2024 8:00 am
  • End Date
    June 5, 2024 12:00 am
  • Status
  • Location
  • Price
  • Organizer
  • Category